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By Derek Hann

Amtrak says ticket agent decision is final

Tester, Gianforte say looking for next step


Havre Daily News/Ryan Welch

Passengers from Amtrak's westbound Empire Builder train take a moment to stretch their legs and smoke a cigarette Wednesday.

Montana's senior senator, Democrat Jon Tester received a response for his concerns about Amtrak closing ticket offices in Havre and Shelby from Amtrak Executive Vice President Stephen J. Gardner the day the Havre ticket agents lost their jobs.

In the letter, Gardner cited the fact that more and more people are purchasing tickets online and over the phone nationwide as why the national passenger rail service is eliminating ticket agents in stations averaging fewer than 40 passengers a day.

Tester's press secretary, Marnée Banks, said the senator is continuing to look at what can be done....

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